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Free Wedding Photography Contest Winners – Gaelyn & John’s English Country Picnic with a Mexican Flair

I have been waiting over a year to see Gaelyn & John’s wedding – a year! Long term readers of Rock n Roll Bride may recognise this couple as the lucky pair who won free wedding photography by Love me Do Photography from a contest I ran back in October 2009. It was one of the closest contests I’ve ever ran but needless to say, I know these two totally deserved to win! And now I get to share their awesome wedding photographs with you today. EXCITED!

The theme for the wedding was “English country picnic with a Mexican flair”. The couple described their vision perfectly in their winning entry and it’s so awesome to see it come to life now! “I like to refer to our wedding as English country picnic with a Mexican flair,” they explained. “A ‘marriage’ (if you will) of both our backgrounds. There will be gingham and tea as well as hand cut papel picados (Mexican paper banners) by yours truly, and tamales from a small family run bakery.”

The wedding took place at John’s parent’s 1920’s beach cottage in Carpinteria California. “We have shared many good times there and really love the place and thought it would make an amazing location for both the wedding and the reception,” explained Gaelyn. “We love that it is beautiful, intimate, charming, vintage and rustic. The small beach town has another well known original beach cottage down the street that is a vacation house known as the Linden house, we rented it for myself and my bridesmaids, and took a few photos there as well.”

“Our personal aesthetic is that we tend to like things that seem to have a history to them or an evidence of hand, we are drawn towards vintage and craft but like for things to still feel modern. Our wedding was very collaborative and hands on. We have so many talented friends and family, and we really wanted to showcase their talents as well. They helped do everything from the flowers, silk screening invites, baking desserts, building our website, embroidering our groomsmen’s pocket squares, sewing…the list goes on and on. It really was amazing to have them all involved. It really was great to look out on your big day and not only think “hell yes, this looks awesome” but also be reminded of all of the amazing people who have supported you along the way.”

“I designed the invites, save the dates and thank yous myself. I had a friend silkscreen the art side, and then I had custom rubber stamps made for the info side, and sealed the envelopes with a red heart wax seal, and hand addressed them myself. I spent countless hours spray painting things white ( you really can make anything look good when you spray paint it white!) For example, countless empty pickle jars (I cant explain John’s love for pickles and I wont even try, but lets just say I was able to save up A LOT of pickle jars), when spray painted with a candle inside they looked like porcelain, I also painted an ugly wood/brass 70’s chandelier to hang in the tree, some photo frames, an old mirror I found discarded on the streets of SF, mismatched crystal candelabras (made them look entirely new and modern) etc. It was a great cheap way to not only tie things together, but really make use of things, that one might otherwise overlook.”

“I pulled fabric over embroidery hoops and hand painted our wedding crest logo as well as each of our silhouettes, it looked great as decoration hanging on the front fence at the wedding and made an awesome keepsake. I also hand cut the papel picados (Mexican tissue paper banners) that hung at the front of the house myself with two love birds and our wedding date. We did the entire wedding ourselves, it was a lot of hard work, but in the end we loved ever detail and wouldn’t have changed a thing.”

The bride wore a vintage dress from Timeless Vixen Vintage on etsy which she bought for just $380! “I started looking really early on, knowing that I wanted vintage, and that finding what I wanted, in my size, might take some time,” she continued. “Surprisingly I found the dress right away, it was just what I wanted and the measurements happened to match mine exactly. I bought it, without the option of trying it on first, crossed my fingers and waited for it to arrive. Amazingly enough, the dress fit like a glove and didn’t even need any alterations!”

What a fabulous wedding! I am so pleased that Carina & Amanda from Love Me Do Photography and I were able to help these guys get the awesome photographs they deserve too. Enjoy the photos! Do I have the best readers or what!?

Gealyn & John run their own video company, What We Do Films, be sure to check out their adorable video (after the jump) which they played out at their reception. What an awesome idea! 

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Sheila & Austin’s Small & Intimate Peacock Themed Destination Wedding

Mis-matched jewel tones and a peacock theme were the order of the day for Sheila & Austin’s small and intimate wedding. The couple  found the planning of their destination wedding in St. Petersburg difficult and enlisted the help of the bride’s Mother with all the organisations but really put their hearts and souls into creating the prefect wedding.

There were mishaps and hilarious moments but at the end of the day Sheila told me that none of that mattered as they were just so pleased to be getting married. “Don’t sweat the small stuff when it gets close to the wedding,” she told me. “That being said if you have the time customize your wedding, for me it was a great creative outlet. We handmade everything except for the food really. The hardest being we hand made our beach reed, peacock centerpiece wreaths. Luckily I only needed 6! As far as centerpiece tools I got the peacock feathers from eBay and reeds from TJMAX. Just dismantled other decorative house pieces. And my menu holders were picture frames. Really look everywhere for inspiration!”

“Basically we did things our way. We had non-traditional readings, video game music for ceremony music (Final Fantasy VII Piano Collection), sneakers for the grooms, a blue prom dress as a wedding dress, only 56 people attending (did an earlier dance for all our other friends), DJed it ourselves, had a honeymoon registry, had people RSVP via online (greener and cheaper!), designed everything ourselves & honestly didn’t give a care what people thought! But everyone loved it because it was us, and they were here to support us. And we were so happy to have done it.”

“Really as I see my other friends in their wedding processes, and it was a piece of advice someone gave me, all I have to say is this is the one party that you throw that is about you and your husband not everyone else. Have fun, don’t feel ashamed for your tastes & just have a blast!”

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Lauren & Tim’s DIY, Budget-Friendly Seaside Wedding

“We both decided that although we wanted our wedding to be amazing, we weren’t going to spend a stupid amount of money on it,” explained bride Lauren when I asked her about her big day. “We weren’t prepared to pay more just because it was labelled as a “wedding product”.  Plus, most of the wedding-related stuff that’s available isn’t really “us”.  I bypassed the usual wedding dress shops and went straight to the high street, and found everything exactly as I wanted at a price I was willing to pay.  Tim wore a suit he already had from Next because none of the hire places had slim fitting suits.  We wanted invitations with skulls and studs and splattery writing but didn’t want to pay a professional to design and make them for us, so I did it.”

“Neither of us wanted to do something just because it was expected.  I didn’t want bridesmaids (ALL of my friends are awesome, not just those wearing matching dresses), we got married on a Thursday (much cheaper!), my Mum walked me down the aisle as I don’t know my Father, we had a unity candle (which is something our registrar had never heard of…?), we didn’t have a receiving line…  We kept the traditions that we liked, or that family requested, and ignored everything else. We didn’t get caught up in the idea of the day being perfect, and of me being a pretty princess for the day, and prepared ourselves for the fact that in life, things go wrong, and weddings aren’t any different.  When things went wrong (venue closing down with five months to go, registrar taking ill on the morning of the wedding and the replacement not having copies of our readings, etc) we took it in our stride.”

“It didn’t occur to us to change the way we look for the wedding.  There was no way I was going to dye my hair, take out my lip ring or get contact lenses (no disrespect to anyone who does this – each to their own), and Tim wanted to wear all black despite it not being a “traditional” way for a groom to look.  We wanted to feel like us, and for the day to reflect us and our tastes.  I guess we’re just naturally Rock n Roll!”

Lauren & Tim really did keep themselves at the centre of their wedding plans. As she explained, they didn’t do anything just becuase it was expected at a wedding. I love their attitude and I love their wedding!

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Josephine & Radney’s Eclectic, Vintage & DIY Wedding

I am so EXCITED about sharing Josephine & Radney’s wedding today! I first met Filipino photographer Josephine Sicad when she submitted some of her own photographic work for features on Rock n Roll Bride and I was instantly smitten with her vintage aesthetic and beautiful and genuine portrayals of true love! So when she told me that she herself was getting married, I literally couldn’t wait to see the results….and I DIE at how fabulous they are!

The couple got married at Vistamar Boardwalk in Mactan Cebu City, right on the beach in a DIY heavy, eclectic vintage style wedding. Josephine in particular worked really hard to create something beautiful and unique for their nuptials. First up, Josephine crafted her own unusual bouquet from vintage necklaces with fabric flowers on them and a recycled egg beater (!) as the ‘stem’. She even used the left over beads and things from the necklaces in the centrepieces! She found this awesome bike pendant which she disassembled to craft Radney’s boutonniere. In keeping with the bicycle theme, the couple chose to ride to their reception on a bike instead of getting in a car – which they decorated themselves.

The invitations were created from their engagement photos, taken by a Josephine herself (I featured them here!) and were put together by her best friend Govinda. “I made the lay out for the rest of the invitation, while my husband doodled our wedding monogram (bride & groom on a bike)” Josephine explained. Instead of traditional favours, the couple gave vintage plates to their guests! It was a last minute idea that they put in because they fell in love with them and wanted to use them somehow!

Finally, the couple threw a “Best Vintage Attire” contest to help their guest get into the theme. ” We wanted to encourage them to wear as much as vintagey tones in line to our wedding theme,” Josephine explained. “At the end of the party, we awarded the best one with a vintage mini-jukebox radio I had bought. For the rest of the party, we threw out questions on ‘How will you know the Bride & Groom? And anyone who got an answer correct was allowed to pick any quirky item decorated from the centerpieces to take home.”

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Dottie About Dots ~ Dottie & JP’s Polka Dot Themed Bash

Dottie is dottie (!?!) about…erm…dots so that’s exactly the theme she wanted to go for in her wedding! She and JP were married at Christ the King Church in CA followed by a polka dot themed wedding at Elements Venue at the Ice House.

The bride (real name Amanda) wore a gorgeous Mori Lee dress, customised with a polka dot sash (and a polka dot garter!) which matched JP’s tie, made by Elmmies. The polka dot theme continued into the cake, the linens and even the groom’s socks!

“So Dottie loves polka dots to death & that’s how she picked up the nickname Dottie,” Christina, their photographer, told me. “They are a super fun & totally madly in love couple that know how to live life to the fullest!  We LOVE all of their fun faces & big smiles! Not to mention they’re epic style. They are the happiest, nicest couple around. They’re the type of people that can make you laugh until your belly hurts & horchata comes out your nose & ohmygosh, the reception was filled with tons of the best goodies that life has to offer. They spent their honeymoon at the happiest place on earth…but of course, DISNEYLAND!”

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Rennie & Joe’s Vintage Styling with a Quirky Edge

Rennie & Joe are the coolest. The couple, who have known each other for 19 years and were first loves, still felt marriage was important to them even after all that time. “Most would think that it must be boring to marry after such a long time and that we might just be going through the motions,” Rennie told me. “On the contrary, our decision to marry was not because we felt we “had to” – we decided to marry after all this time because we are more madly in love than ever and still best friends. We created our ceremony around our wishes to deepen our commitment to each other and profess our love in the presence of those who are most important to us.”

The couple both adore all things vintage and so they fashioned their wedding around this vibe, with an edge of Rock n Roll to suit their quirkly style. They did a lot of the wedding design themselves too. “Joe bought a nice suit and had the entire thing re-cut to look like a mod 1960’s suit,” continued the bride. “I ended up making my dress from a vintage pattern, as well as three flower-girl dresses. We emptied flea market vendors of their milk-glass and record selections (don’t worry – we only chose the records that were too scuffed to play!!) to make the table decorations. It was a lot of work, but we loved all of it… it was wonderful to have so much control over our plans.”

“Joe was very good about participating in the plans – he definitely had a vision for the wedding. Our ‘get-away-car’ was a 1973 Norton Commando, which he spent the past two years restoring. Music was especially important to both of us – we had an incredible mix of soul, rock n’ roll, punk, old country (it is Nashville, after all) and reggae from our own personal record collection.”

“Joe and I walked down the aisle together – I’m close to my Dad, but at 30 years old, I am definitely my own woman. We chose Otis Redding’s “That’s How Strong My Love Is” because it has a lot of significance in our relationship. I would not have predicted myself to be a crier, but when we began our walk down the isle, I just bawled. In fact, about half of our guests cried tears of joy right along with me, so at least I wasn’t alone!”

“Because most of our guests came from several hundred miles away, I wanted to spend as much time with them as possible. With that in mind, we hired help for the perishable portion of the wedding. Our caterer took care of everyone (vegan, veggie and gluten-allergic guests) and our baker made unbelievable vegan & gluten-free cupcakes. The florist did a lovely job using locally grown, seasonal flowers.”

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